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Putin calls for use of troops in Ukraine – CNN

CNNSimferopol, Ukraine (CNN) — [Breaking News Update 9:22 a.m. ET]. (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the upper house of parliament to send Russian troops into Ukraine’s Crimea region to normalize the political situation there, the Kremlin said …Pro-Russia Demonstrations Break out in UkraineABC NewsPutin Asks Russia’s Senate to Use Military Force in UkraineNew […]

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Crimea’s Leader Cements Power, Asks Moscow’s Help – ABC News

ABC NewsThe pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine’s Crimea region claimed control of the military and police there Saturday and appealed to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for help in keeping peace, sharpening the discord between the two Slavic neighbor …Pro-Russia leader of Crimea claims military control, coordinates with Russian …Washington PostUkraine Refuses to Act Against Russian […]

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What’s next for Winter Olympics after Sochi? – The Japan Times

The Japan TimesSOCHI, RUSSIA – The sheer cost, size and scale of the Sochi Olympics has outstripped anything done before. The question for future Winter Games is clear: Can anyone — should anyone — try to top that? Sochi has showcased President Vladimir Putin’s …Sochi hotels receive surge in bookings after Winter OlympicsTelegraph.co.ukPower Ranking Major […]

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Ukraine crisis: Crimea leader appeals to Putin for help – BBC News

BBC NewsThe new pro-Moscow leader of Ukraine’s autonomous Crimea region has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help to ensure peace. A Kremlin source said it would “not leave unnoticed” the request from Sergiy Aksyonov. US President Barack Obama …Ukraine says Russia has sent in troops, Obama appeals to PutinReutersUkraine Refuses to Act Against Russian […]

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Obama warns Russia of ‘costs’ for intervention in Ukraine – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that military intervention in Ukraine would lead to “costs,” as tension with old foe President Vladimir Putin rose in a Cold War-style crisis. “We are now deeply concerned by reports …Russia Warned Over Unrest in Ukraine’s Crimea RegionWall Street JournalObama warns Russia against Ukraine intervention, […]

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As it happened: Ukraine turmoil – BBC News

BBC NewsHello and welcome to the BBC’s coverage of the political turmoil in Ukraine, as tensions rise over Russia’s response to the crisis. Steve Rosenberg BBC News, Kiev. tweets: On the floor of the Ukrainian parliament today, 73 portraits of people killed in #Kiev …Russian moves raise stakes in Ukraine conflictWashington PostUkraine crisis deepens as […]

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US urges caution as Putin orders military drill – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKIEV, Ukraine – The United States urged Russia on Wednesday to avoid provocative actions after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to combat readiness drills near Ukraine, where pro-Russian protesters are fighting with rivals in the south. Secretary of …Ukraine’s Interim PM Faces Daunting Economic HurdlesVoice of AmericaUkraine’s Arseniy Yatsenyuk warns of tough days aheadBBC […]

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NSA accused of further spying on Germans – Irish Examiner

Irish ExaminerThe NSA has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag reported yesterday. Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Doubts over ‘no-spy’ deal.David Cameron hoping for Merkel support over EU negotiationsTelegraph.co.ukUkraine uprising: Russia’s Vladimir Putin promises to work with Merkel […]

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Russia to increase defense and security capabilities – President Putin – The Voice of Russia

The Voice of RussiaRussia will continue to increase the potential of its Armed Forces and all security forces, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting marking Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is traditionally celebrated in Russia on February 23. “We will continue to …Putin’s Iron CurtainChicago Tribune all 178 news articles …read more Source: […]

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Pussy Riot ‘attacked with horsewhips’at Sochi – Hindustan Times

Hindustan TimesCossack militia attacked Russia’s Pussy Riot punk group with horsewhips on Wednesday as the artists – who have feuded with Vladimir Putin’s government for years – tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics. The group has resurfaced as a …Russian security forces attack Pussy Riot membersPhilly.comIOC: Attack on Pussy Riot was […]

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Russia survives Norway, advances to face Finland – ESPN

ESPNBut this imperfect, top-heavy Russian team faces incalculable pressure in Sochi, with everyone from President Vladimir Putin on down eagerly anticipating a medal run in the nation’s first home Winter Olympics. Although Norway was unexpectedly tough, …Winter Olympics 2014 hockey schedule: The semi-quarterfinals beginSB NationRussia vs. Norway: Score and Recap from 2014 Winter OlympicsBleacher Report2014 […]

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For US and Russia Olympians, the Cold War is ancient history – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesSOCHI, Russia — The conversation was short, limited to basic words and gestures. But the two bobsledders — one Russian, one American — understood each other. “Was good?” Alexander Kasjanov asked, pointing toward the track at the Sanki Sliding …Eyes on ice with big hockey clash, US speed skaters’ suit switchReutersSochi 2014 Winter […]

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Putin at Olympics, Co-Starring a Persian Leopard – ABC News

ABC NewsVladimir Putin, rugged outdoorsman and tough-guy Russian president, promoted a cuddly image Tuesday as his Olympics drew near. Putin checked in at a preserve for endangered Persian leopards and visited a group of cubs born last summer in the …Olympics-IOC tours Games village, remembers Volgograd victimsReutersSochi 2014: Russia’s numbers gameCNNThe costly distraction that is […]

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Putin, EU Presidents Meet in Rapid-Fire Summit – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalBRUSSELS—Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rapid-fire summit in Brussels with the European Union’s leadership duo Tuesday with both sides acknowledging serious differences but seeking to steer ties onto a more constructive path. With bilateral …Putin Is Given Cool Reception at EU HeadquartersNew York TimesPutin criticizes EU’s diplomacy in UkraineHouston ChronicleUPDATE 1-Russia says […]

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Sochi mayor claims there are no gay people in the city – SI.com

SI.comVladimir Putin’s stance on gay rights has become a lightning rod ahead of the Olympics. (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images). Anatoly Pakhomov, the mayor of 2014 Winter Olympics host-city Sochi, said that there are no gay people in his city, according to …IOC president Bach backs Russia on security for Sochi OlympicsFOXSports.comWinter Olympics 2014: Should Americans go […]

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Obama, Putin discuss Olympics security in call – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in a phone call on Tuesday how best to have a “safe and secure” Winter Olympics in Sochi, the White House said. Amid rising concerns about threats from …Sochi Olympics terrorism threat: Two more ‘black widow’ suspects identifiedNBCNews.comRussia works to calm Olympics safety […]

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Russian Olympic terrorist search sets nerves jangling despite Putin assurances … – Washington Post

Washington PostMOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin has made a daring gamble with the Winter Games in Sochi, guaranteeing they will be safe despite their setting on territory awash in grievance and terror. Olympic officials have accepted his assurances, but as the Opening …Olympic terror fears mount despite Putin’s assurancesFox NewsSecurity experts: Olympics-related terrorist threat ‘is […]

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Putin to gay visitors: ‘leave the children in peace’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sought Friday to reassure gay visitors to the Sochi Games that they are welcome in Russia, but added that they must “leave the children in peace.” Responding to a question from an Olympics volunteer …Putin: Gay ‘propaganda’ law doesn’t discriminateSI.comPutin: Gay people will be safe at […]

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Olympics chief Thomas Bach: Terrorism must never triumph – USA TODAY

USA TODAYOlympics chief Thomas Bach says terrorism “must never triumph” and believes Russia will deliver “safe and secure” Winter Olympics despite two recent deadly attacks in Volgograd. In his New Year’s message, the president of the International Olympic …No ‘excursions’ allowed for Olympic teamThe AustralianVladimir Putin visits bomb-hit VolgogradTimes of IndiaPutin Promises Increased Security for […]

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Putin vows to annihilate “terrorists” after suicide bombings – Reuters

ReutersVOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday vowed to annihilate “terrorists” following two deadly bomb attacks in less than 24 hours in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics.Russia terror analysis: Volgograd and an Olympics under threatTelegraph.co.ukUS Olympic CEO: Russian bombings ‘a preview of what […]

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Volgograd blasts: IOC ‘confident’ Games will be safe – BBC News

BBC NewsThe International Olympic Committee president says he has confidence that Russian authorities will deliver a “safe and secure” Games in Sochi. Thomas Bach wrote to President Vladimir Putin to express condolences for the two deadly attacks that struck …Second Blast in Russia Stokes Olympic Security FearsWall Street JournalSecond bombing hits Russia as Sochi Olympics […]

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Pussy Riot still wants to topple Putin – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleMOSCOW (AP) — Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who spent nearly two years in prison for their irreverent protest in Moscow’s main cathedral said Friday they still want to topple President Vladimir Putin. They didn’t say how they plan to do …Freed Pussy Riot Members to Form Prisoners’ Rights OrganizationBillboardPussy […]

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Amnestied Pussy Riot pair criticise Putin after release – euronews

euronewsKRASNOYARSK/NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – Two members of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot freed from prison on Monday derided President Vladimir Putin’s amnesty that led to their early release as a propaganda stunt and promised to …Pussy Riot pair criticise Putin after releaseIrish TimesEver defiant, freed Pussy Riot members slam Putin’s amnesty (+video)Christian Science […]

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Thanks, Putin, But No Thanks: Few Are Grateful for Russia’s Pre-Olympic Amnesty – TIME

TIMERussian President Vladimir Putin grabbed international headlines last week with a pre-Christmas amnesty that included the release of a number of prominent dissidents. Those freed aren’t exactly glowing with praise for Putin, though. By Simon Shuster …Putin reveals news of pardon on his way out of yearly marathon press conferenceIrish TimesConfident Putin frees foes ahead […]

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Foreign policy expert: Release of Russia punk rock group is publicity stunt – Fox News

Fox NewsThe release of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics in recent days is a move to enhance his image overseas, according to foreign policy expert Colonel Cedric Leighton. Two members of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot and former …Khodorkovsky: 36 hours of freedom, no firm plans but won’t look for powerMiamiHerald.comPutin frees […]

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Khodorkovsky: For now, steering clear of Russia and politics – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesMOSCOW — Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon once considered President Vladimir Putin’s most potent political foe, said Sunday that he had no plans to resume his business or political activities or to support Russia’s embattled opposition forces.Khodorkovsky will work to free political inmatesHouston ChronicleAnalysis: Mikhail Khodorkovsky in exileBBC NewsUPDATE 4-Freed Khodorkovsky challenges […]